I should preface with two things. Firstly, I didn’t want to watch the show in the first place. I don’t know why but I’ve just been feeling let down by the Marvel television foray. Agents Of SHIELD started off poorly, got interesting, and is back to poor. I’ve been done that for a few episodes now. Agent Carter should have been more interesting but even Captain America’s main squeeze isn’t enough to keep my attention. I didn’t even get unto Daredevil which I might rectify in the weeks to come. I still haven’t decided yet. Hopefully this lays out how my interest has waned leading up to Jessica Jones. Secondly, there will inevitably be spoilers in what I’m writing.
Let’s talk about how this latest series by Marvel took its best character and fucked it up… Daddy issues ruin what could be a great character for me. Kilgrave started off as such an exciting character. He was devious, wicked, killed people with zero regard. He was the best villain Marvel had produced to date. Don’t get me wrong… Loki is close. Despite the clear daddy issues Loki suffered from, he’s still very badass. As a bit of a tangent, I’m quite excited to see where Loki gets to in the upcoming Thor movie. So, here we have what could absolutely be the best villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they decide to boil it all down to “Wahhh… My parents didn’t love me”. It wasn’t even done well because Kilgrave didn’t even get the situation correct. When all is said and done, he was a bratty little kid that was an absolute maniac for the wrong reasons. Pretty shitty waste of what could be a great character. I have to give full credit to David Tennant for playing the role really well. His screen time was the highlight of the season to me, even as the writing got fully in the way.
Obviously avoiding the main point of what my review will be, I should give some credit to Mike Colter as Luke Cage. He appeared first to me as Lemond Bishop on The Good Wife. He’s a pretty great actor from the two roles I’ve seen. He is able to show both menacing ferocity and caring within just a couple scenes. He’s got some great range about him for an actor that I could see getting typecast. Unfortunately he is very black and very ripped. I could see Hollywood falling into the trap of typecasting him as we’ve seen the black dude be the first to get killed in pretty much every action and horror movie since who knows when. Fortunately, this is one of those great times where Hollywood is letting the right people play the right roles. I really look forward to seeing Mike Colter play in more roles.
Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Wil Traval, and Eka Darville were all pretty good in the show as well. The arc that Carrie-Anne Moss as Hogarth took was a pretty interesting one. Talk about a sad and shitty character! I remember watching her arc the entire time and felt that she was just a bad apple and would end up being very shitty. I was correct and things went about as sideways for her as they could.
Finally, let me speak about the main character. Krysten Ritter plays a slew of “morally questionable” characters so IMDb suggests. She was very snippy in She’s Way Out Of Her League but I didn’t mind her. I quite liked the repartee between her and T.J. Miller. I do remember hating her character in Breaking Bad but in all honesty, I hated almost all the characters in that show. Walter White was the rare exception and I actually quit the show once but ended up coming back to it because Walter and all the bad people in the show (big ups to Saul Goodman!) made up for the rest of the shitty characters. I usually root for bad people in shows because they’re the most dynamic. Tying back to Jessica Jones, she is supposed to play an unlikeable character that is trying to exercise her demons to become the hero everyone sees she can be. I sat through thirteen episodes and didn’t like her in any of them. She was crass, rude, surly, had zero appreciation for all the effort everyone else was putting in, couldn’t care less for any of the people that seemed relentless in taking her side. I just couldn’t get over how fucking annoying she was. I think we all get it. Boo hoo, some mind-controlling badass made you do a wicked thing. The list of people that suffered the same trauma grows exponentially by the end of the season and still hers is the most gruesome and painful. I just couldn’t buy into it. She kept drawing everyone else into her sorrow and it made for a shitty show. Unfortunately.
I guess Jessica Jones and Luke Cage will be in The Defenders that’s set to make waves on Netflix sometime this year. Apparently Daredevil shows up in it as well. I’m in a conundrum when it comes to my watching Daredevil or buying into any of the other Marvel B-List shows. Ugh. First world problems are tough. I don’t know if I can sit through another season of Jessica Jones. Maybe Daredevil will be great and both he and Luke Cage will make the show palatable. They’ve also not cast Iron Fist so there’s potential there as well. I guess only time will tell. Until then, good luck to those attempting to make it through an entire season of Jessica Jones’ dramatic bullshit.